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Power Engineer, Refrigeration Operator, Compressor Operator:  Certificate of Qualification

Who Needs This Certificate?
Anyone who wants to be certified to operate: 
(a) boilers; 
(b) refrigeration compressors; 
(c) air or other gas compressors.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Labour and Advanced Education, Technical Safety Division, Power Engineers Section
Where can you get this Certificate and / or further information?
  Phone: 902-424-5400 / 1-800-952-2687
  Visit: Power Engineers Section
Labour and Advanced Education
Technical Safety Division
1505 Barrington Street, 3rd floor North
Halifax, NS B3J 3k5
  Website: Power Engineers Section
  Write: P.O. Box 697
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
  Fax: 902-424-0599
Application Forms & Process:
You can get an application form from the Office listed above.  It is submitted to the same Office, along with the appropriate fee (see Price & Payment, below...) 

In order to get this certificate, you must: 

1) Have Grade 12 or equivalent.

2) Have enough hours of actual operating experience.  For more on this, see the Technical Safety Regulations.
3) Then you must pass several written examinations, as follows: 
Power Engineer, 1st class  8 exams
Power Engineer, 2nd class  6 exams
Power Engineer, 3rd class  4 exams
Power Engineer, 4th class  2 exams
Refrigeration Plant Operator, 1st class  1 exams
Refrigeration Plant Operator, 2nd class   1 exams
Compressor Plant Operator 1 exams
4) Before you can take those examinations, your application must be reviewed by the Chief Examiner, who gives the approval to write the exams.

5) If you pass all the required the exams (the pass score is 65% on each of them), the certificate will be granted.
Waiting Period:
Approval to write the exams takes approximately 1 month, provided that all required information and fees have been received.
Expiry & Renewal:
This certificate is valid for 1 year from the date it is issued.  It can be renewed.  It is the responsibility of the Certificate holder to contact the Department before it expires.
Price & Payment:  (No tax is charged)

Exams $39.80 each
Re-write exams $39.80 each
Certificate, initial issuance $132.70
Renewal $66.35 per year
Transfer of Certificate $66.35
Replacement Certificate of Qualification $33.20
Re-marking of exams: $39.80
Reinstatement: $0
Replacement of pocket certificate $33.20
Hourly rate for requested special services for exams: $96.60
Oral Exams: $79.60

Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
Legislative Authority:
Technical Safety Act (Bill 167), Chapter 10 of the Acts of 2008 and Technical Safety Regulation.

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